IF you have never visited Eastern State Penetentiary in Philadelphia, there are several times in the year when special events are taking place. I visited a year ago with some friends on an ordinary day (I think the blog about it is archived). It is fascinating.
You might think it is all sad and tragic, but history gives you a long perspective which helps keep the sadness at bay.
One of the special event days is coming up and although I won't be there, it sounded pretty cool to me. The Storming of the Bastille, a signal spark in the French Revolution, is celebrated at Eastern State on July 15. In France, this special holiday is celebrated on the 14th of July although the actual storming of the Great French Prison and armaments fortress took place on June 24th.
For mor info on the Eastern State Pen event go to their web site
www.easternstate.org or just google Bastille Day at Eastern State Pen.
The Bastille was also a prison where political prisoners were held, and enemies of the crown who could be imprisoned without appeal and for undisclosed amounts of time.